The Daily B

Storytelling and Misadventures

December 14, 2017

How I created an “American Boy” doll for my son

Note: This post was written in October 2015. At that time, American Girl did not offer any 18-inch boy dolls. In February 2017 they introduced one to their product line. While I'm happy to see that, I'd like to give credit to the courageous startups...

December 14, 2017

Ollie Impossible 2003 – 2015

I've known no better office assistant, friend, running partner, or fur-child than this guy right here. Thanks for 12+ amazing years, buddy. You are so missed. Thanks for keeping the floors clean and making me smile every day....

December 14, 2017

Saving the world, one sandwich at a time…

My kids' school is a plastic-free zone. Students bring their lunches in glass or metal containers, and they try to avoid excess packaging and waste. I love the eco-friendly policy, but sometimes miss the convenience of grabbing a Ziplock baggie. For sandwiches, I decided to make...

December 14, 2017

Update: Changing the conversation about women

Several months ago, I told you about PRI's initiative, Across Women's Lives. I was asked along with a select group of women writers to partner with PRI and SheKnows Media to share news stories about women worldwide. The goal: To change the sobering statistic pictured...

December 14, 2017

Alaska

I stared at the turquoise blue water and wondered: How will I feel tomorrow if I don't jump? We were several miles into a hike across the Root Glacier in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. Crampons strapped to our boots, we traversed a wide blanket of ice,...

December 14, 2017

summer is for creativity

I panic a little as the last day of school approaches. Gone is my predictable work schedule. Instead, I cobble together hours while the kids are at swim practice or while they're doing their summer reading. I stay up late writing and sneak away for...